Bryan Zlimen

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

09.26.2019
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On September 24,2019 The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The currently enforced thresholds were set in 2004, the new thresholds account for the growth in employee earnings. In the final rule, the Department is:

– raising the […]

MN Employee Notice and Wage Theft Changes

07.1.2019
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Effective July 1, Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Law will require employers to provide notices to employees upon employment, provide additional information on earnings statements, and keep additional employee records.  Beginning August 1, the law creates increased violation penalties for noncompliance and expands the Department of Labor and Industry’s and Attorney General’s authority to enforce it.  Important details regarding changes to the Wage Theft Law are outlined below.

Employee Notice

The new Wage Theft Law requires employers to provide employees, at the start of their employment, a written notice with information about their employment status and […]

Sick Safe Leave Update

05.17.2019
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On April 29, 2019 the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Minneapolis’ sick and safe leave ordinance can apply to employers not located within Minneapolis. Previously, the courts had limited the reach of the ordinance to employers resident in the city. This ruling will have a significant impact on companies that do business in the city of Minneapolis.

In 2016, Minneapolis enacted a law requiring any employer, regardless of location, to provide leave benefits to employees who work at least 80 hours per year within the city limits. See more about the ordinance from our previous post on […]

Are electronic signatures valid?

09.18.2018
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If you’re a contractor or business owner, you probably require your clients to sign service agreements before you start work for them. While it can be time-consuming and costly to prepare and store paper copies of every agreement, many contractors and businesses are unclear on whether their clients can electronically sign contracts. If a client types their name at the end of a Microsoft Word document, for example, is that legally binding? What about inserting an image of their signature into a PDF? What happens if the client later claims that the contract was invalid?

Electronic signatures can […]

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